Friday, July 9, 2010
What is normal in a teenagers life? This book is about 15 year old Jessie Hatcher, who suffers from ADHD. She lives with her mother, who suffers from Bi-Polar Disorder. She has been brought up, not knowing that her father existed, until one day he shows up on her door step.
Her Father reappearing in her life, is the final straw that sends her mother into a complete breakdown, and Jessie is sent to live with her father, a man she doesn't know.
Jessie's dad is a man with a past life of alcohol abuse, who has committed to turning his life over to God. On the way to her father's home in Florida, Jessie finds a mysterious book in the airport and she picks it up and takes it with her. The book is about Yeshua and seems to speak to Jessie just when she needs it.
As Jessie tries to hide her ADHD from her dad and new step-sister, she is taught some valuable life lessons. She learns to work in a Sushi restaurant, meets new friends, and finally confronts her mother and her mental illness. The whole time she is reading the Real Life book and learning more and more about God and His plans for her life.
Overall this is a book written for teenagers, but adults would enjoy the book also. The author does a wonderful job portraying how hard it would be for a teenager to have ADHD and what it is like for them. With the subjects of mental illness and alcohol abuse it is not a light read so I definitely think it should be read by kids 12 and up. The Real Life book is meant to portray the Bible, and really I personally don't care for the way that it is modernized, but that is just my personal opinion. There is never any real direct plan of salvation and I think that is the most important message left out of the book. It is a quick read, and the next book entitled Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble looks to be like another good book from an author who is hitting on tough teenage subjects.
***Disclaimer*** I was not paid for this review. I was sent a free copy to review. Thank you to Zondervan publishing for the review copy.